12) The Politics of Purity during the Progressive Era

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The Politics of Purity during the Progressive Era Who are the Progressives? Young professionals Apply the principals of those professions to society’s problems o Expertise Faith in perfectibility of society Joiners (associational) Urban Muckrakers: journalist (investigative); write about corruption with a sense of moral outreach Consuming Purity: The Jungle (1906) Upton Sinclair Working conditions in Chicago meatpacking industry; goes under cover The Jungle: story of a family that moves to Chicago for economic security; lives in a very unsecure environment that leads to their moral and ethical decline; corruption surrounds them; flees the city but the countryside is just as bad, then returns to Chicago o Socialist Propaganda: poverty, working and living conditions, corruption, lack of programs o Adulteration: adding impure substances to get more Sinclair accused the meatpacking plants of this o Working conditions: severed fingers, tuberculosis, workers fall into vats, then sell remains o Sinclair felt the masses missed the point of the book Consuming Purity
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